Entertainment The Best Musical Movies Nominated for Best Picture  

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Sometimes, movies can inspire you to break out into song. No wonder so many movie musicals have been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. The top musical movies nominated for best picture feature unforgettable songs, top-tier acting, and classic storylines. This is a list of the best musicals nominated for Oscars, including everything from Beauty and the Beast to Mary Poppins to Chicago.

What films will you find on this list of the best musicals nominated for best picture? West Side Story took home 10 trophies at the 1961 Oscars, including the prize for Best Picture. The sparkling film transported the tale of Romeo and Juliet to contemporary New York City. The Sound of Music is another great musical that was nominated for best picture at the Oscars. Baz Luhrmann's dazzling visuals helped earn Moulin Rouge! a best picture nomination in 2001. Other good films featured on this list include My Fair Lady, An American in Parisand Fiddler on the Roof.

Do you have a favorite from among these Oscar winning musicals? Give the best films a thumbs up and share some of your favorite silver screen songs in the comments section.

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The Sound of Music is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Musical Movies Nominated for Best Picture
1965 - WON
The Sound of Music is a 1965 American musical drama film produced and directed by Robert Wise and starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. The film is an adaptation of the 1959 Broadway ...more
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51 16
Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Musical Movies Nominated for Best Picture
1991
Beauty and the Beast is a 1991 American animated musical romantic fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The 30th film in the Walt Disney ...more
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51 16
Mary Poppins is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Musical Movies Nominated for Best Picture
1964
Mary Poppins is a 1964 American musical fantasy film directed by Robert Stevenson and produced by Walt Disney, with songs written and composed by the Sherman Brothers. The screenplay is by Bill ...more
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West Side Story is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Musical Movies Nominated for Best Picture
1961 - WON
West Side Story is a 1961 American romantic musical drama film directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins. The film is an adaptation of the 1957 Broadway musical of the same name, which in turn ...more
5
39 19
Fiddler on the Roof is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Musical Movies Nominated for Best Picture
1971
Fiddler on the Roof is a 1971 American musical comedy-drama film produced and directed by Norman Jewison. It is an adaptation of the 1964 Broadway musical of the same name, with music composed ...more
6
35 16
The King and I is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Musical Movies Nominated for Best Picture
1956
The King and I is a 1956 musical film made by 20th Century Fox, directed by Walter Lang and produced by Charles Brackett and Darryl F. Zanuck. The screenplay by Ernest Lehman is based on the ...more
7
30 15
Les Miserables is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Musical Movies Nominated for Best Picture
2012
Les Misérables is a 2012 musical drama film directed by Tom Hooper, based on the 1862 French novel of the same name by Victor Hugo, which also inspired a 1980 concept album and 1985 ...more
8
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Moulin Rouge! is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Musical Movies Nominated for Best Picture
2001
Moulin Rouge! is a 2001 Australian–American pastiche-jukebox musical film directed, produced, and co-written by Baz Luhrmann. It tells the story of a young English poet/writer, Christian, who ...more
9
39 24
Chicago is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Musical Movies Nominated for Best Picture
2002 - WON
Chicago is a 2002 American musical comedy film adapted from the satirical stage musical of the same name, exploring the themes of celebrity, scandal, and corruption in Jazz Age Chicago. The film ...more
10
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La La Land is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Musical Movies Nominated for Best Picture
2017
La La Land is a 2016 American romantic musical comedy-drama film written and directed by Damien Chazelle and starring Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, John Legend, and Rosemarie DeWitt. The plot ...more
11
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My Fair Lady is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Musical Movies Nominated for Best Picture
1964 - WON
My Fair Lady is a 1964 American musical film adaptation of the Lerner and Loewe stage musical of the same name based on the 1938 film adaptation of the original 1913 stage play Pygmalion by ...more
12
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Funny Girl is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Musical Movies Nominated for Best Picture
1968
Funny Girl is a 1968 romantic musical film directed by William Wyler. The screenplay by Isobel Lennart was adapted from her book for the stage musical of the same title. It is loosely based on ...more
13
23 19
Cabaret is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Musical Movies Nominated for Best Picture
1972
Cabaret is a 1972 musical film directed by Bob Fosse and starring Liza Minnelli, Michael York and Joel Grey. The film is set in Berlin during the Weimar Republic in 1931, under the ominous ...more
14
22 20
An American in Paris is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Musical Movies Nominated for Best Picture
1951 - WON
An American in Paris is a 1951 American musical film inspired by the 1928 orchestral composition by George Gershwin. Starring Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Oscar Levant, Georges Guétary, and ...more
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The Music Man is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Musical Movies Nominated for Best Picture
The Music Man 1962
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All That Jazz is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Musical Movies Nominated for Best Picture
1979
All That Jazz is a 1979 American musical film directed by Bob Fosse. The screenplay by Robert Alan Aurthur and Fosse is a semi-autobiographical fantasy based on aspects of Fosse's life and ...more
17
20 22
Hello, Dolly! is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Musical Movies Nominated for Best Picture
1969
Hello, Dolly! is a 1969 romantic comedy musical film based on the Broadway production of the same name. The film follows the story of Dolly Levi, as she travels to Yonkers, New York, to find a ...more
18
20 24
Oliver! is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Musical Movies Nominated for Best Picture
1968 - WON
Oliver! is a 1968 British musical drama film directed by Carol Reed and based on the stage musical of the same name, with book, music and lyrics written by Lionel Bart. The screenplay was ...more
19
13 21
42nd Street is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Musical Movies Nominated for Best Picture
1933
42nd Street is a 1933 American Warner Bros. musical film directed by Lloyd Bacon with choreography by Busby Berkeley. The songs were written by Harry Warren and Al Dubin, and the script was ...more
20
12 24
Gigi is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Musical Movies Nominated for Best Picture
1958 - WON
Gigi is a 1958 American Metrocolor musical romantic comedy film directed by Vincente Minnelli. The screenplay by Alan Jay Lerner is based on the 1944 novella of the same name by Colette. The ...more
21
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Nashville is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Musical Movies Nominated for Best Picture
1975
Nashville is a 1975 American musical drama film directed by Robert Altman. A winner of numerous awards and selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry, Nashville is ...more
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Going My Way is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Musical Movies Nominated for Best Picture
1944 - WON
Going My Way is a 1944 American musical comedy-drama film directed by Leo McCarey and starring Bing Crosby and Barry Fitzgerald. Based on a story by Leo McCarey, the film is about a new young ...more
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The Great Ziegfeld is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Musical Movies Nominated for Best Picture
1936 - WON
The Great Ziegfeld is a 1936 American musical drama film directed by Robert Z. Leonard and produced by Hunt Stromberg. It stars William Powell as the theatrical impresario Florenz ...more